I was interested to see that the Toccata from Pour le Piano comes not from the December 1985 session but from one made in May the following year. I assume either he didn’t record it in December or (more likely?) he was dissatisfied with the results. Inevitably Perlemuter slowed as he aged. There is a BBC broadcast of Pour le piano from 1968 (issued in the BBC Music Magazine) in which things are very much more vital and zestful, in which articulation is crisper and the results very different from the invariably more laboured playing here. . This is a somewhat catch-all disc but it does preserve playing of great character and imagination.
I’m sure no encouragement from me is necessary to acquire some of Perlemuters discs. Selectivity will prove rewarding. Enlightenment will be permanent.
Jonathan Woolf, Musicweb-internatioanl.com